[tex-live] enquiry regarding Ukrainian "i"

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Tue Dec 3 21:24:51 CET 2013

On 2013-12-03 at 14:40:35 +0100, Zdenek Wagner wrote:

 > 2013/12/3 Semen Trygubenko / Семен Тригубенко <semen at trygub.com>:
 > >> > I will let you know the results when I get somewhere
 > >
 > > Robin, David: many thanks for helping me understand the nature of
 > > this problem!
 > >
 > > All: I got Xetex to work — thank you [Robin: yes, I ran xelatex! ;-)].
 > >
 > > Zdenek: It didn't work straight away — I had to switch from babel
 > > to polyglossia, download some fonts, change encoding, etc. For
 > > some reason, none of the xetex examples from the Internets worked
 > > on my system without modifications :). Right now it is clear that
 > > some further editing of the source will be required before it
 > > looks half-decent (e.g., no {\bf } any more, no triple-dash and
 > > ``'' expansion, table of contents does not work for some reason,
 > > etc.) and I might look for better fonts later, but at least the
 > > output is sane Ukrainian …
 > >
 > If you ran the file by LaTeX and want to switch to XeLaTeX, do not
 > forget to delete .aux, .toc, .lof and .lot files, they may contain
 > macros not understood by XeLaTeX.

Not only macros which are not recognized by XeLaTeX can cause trouble
but also non-Unicode characters.  The auto-generated files have to be
removed in any case, even if you are using inputenc on 8-bit engines
and switch from latin1 to utf8.

 > Triple dash etc work if you add \DefaultFontFeatures{Ligatures=TeX}
 > but I personally prefer to use the unicode characters directly
 > because I have them on my keyboard.

If the TeX file contains \verb or the verbatim environment it's
advisable not to activate Ligatures=TeX for typewriter fonts.


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